NTSB Identification: MIA88FA008.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35274.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 17, 1987 in ARCADIA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: Extra Flugzeugbau 230, registration: N230WF
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHILE THE AIRCRAFT WAS PERFORMING EXHIBITION AEROBATICS AT AN AIRSHOW. THE ACFT HAD JUST COMPLETED A PORTION OF THE PLANNED LOW ALT AEROBATIC SEQUENCE WHICH INCLUDED A TAIL SLIDE & 3 ROLLS WITH THE NOSE OF THE ACFT POINTED TOWARD THE GROUND AT A 45 DEG ANGLE. WITNESSES STATED THAT AFTER THE TAIL SLIDE, THE ACFT COMPLETED 4 ROLLS INSTEAD OF THE PLANNED 3, & THAT THE NOSE WAS POINTED TOWARD THE GROUND AT ABOUT A 60 DEG ANGLE INSTEAD OF THE PLANNED 45 DEG ANGLE. AFTER RECOVERY FROM THE 4TH ROLL, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO ATTEMPT TO PULL OUT OF THE LOW ALT DIVE AT ABOUT 100 FT. THE NOSE WAS OBSERVED TO RISE, BUT THE ACFT HIT THE GROUND BEFORE RECOVERY COULD BE AFFECTED.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PROPER DESCENT RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AEROBATICS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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